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The Wolpertinger (Crisensus bavaricus) (also called Wolperdinger, Poontinger or Woiperdinger) is a cryptozoological animal said to inhabit the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany. It has a body comprised from various animal parts — generally wings, antlers, tails and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal. The most widespread description is that of a horned rabbit or a horned squirrel.

Stuffed Wolpertingers, composed of parts of actual stuffed animals, are often displayed in inns or sold to tourists as souvenirs in the animals' "native regions". The Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum in Munich, Germany features a permanent exhibit on the creature.

It is similar to the Rasselbock of the Thuringian Forest, or the Elwedritsche of the Palatinate region, which is described as a chicken-like creature with antlers; additionally the American invention of the Jackalope, as well as the Swedish Skvader are similar creatures to the Wolpertinger.

A possible cause of "sightings" of the Wolpertinger and related cryptids is papillomatosis in rabbits leading to cranial tumors in the shape of horns or antlers, caused by the Shope papilloma virus.[1]

In popular culture

World of Warcraft includes wolpertingers as a vanity pet that is usually only visible to one's fellow party members, but can be seen by others who are sufficiently intoxicated.[2]

The online game Lost Souls includes wolpertingers, described a chimerical beast created by magic, that players can bond with empathically.[3][4]

Wolpertingers appear in RuneScape as summonable creatures that are hybrids of rabbit and wolf.[5]

References

  1. Eberhart, George M. (2002). Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology 1. ABC-CLIO. pp. 237–238. ISBN 1576072835. 
  2. Brolin, Brian (2009-09-27). "Wolpertinger - [Wolpertinger's Tankard] - WoW vanity pet". WarcraftPets.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19.  delete character in |title= at position 16 (help)
  3. "Wolpertinger". Lost Souls Wiki. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  4. "Wolpertinger (Empathic Bond)". Lost Souls Wiki. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  5. "Wolpertinger". The Runescape Wiki. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
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  • Heim, Michael (1971). Mit dem Wolpertinger leben [Living with the Wolpertinger]. ISBN 3-874-90601-9. 
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External links

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